The Summer Olympics is among the most anticipated events in the world of sports. Debates and ongoing speculation polls about the performance of the Indian athletes in the Rio Olympics have been going on since several months.
The biggest question running the mills was whether India would be able to match its medal count to that of its performance four years ago in the London Olympics and all looked very sundry when the sports officials promised a least tally of 10 medals at the end of the event.
However, as the competition progresses, after three days of hits and misses, it seems to be getting tougher and tougher for India to deliver on its promise.
Let’s have a look at what India has already achieved (or just missed) in the multi-sport tournament so far:
1.Men’s Hockey Team scored a victory against Ireland.
The first day didn’t gave a very promising start when the Men’s doubles team of Leander Paes and Bhopanna and the Women’s doubles combination of Sania Mirza and Prarthana Thombare, both went down in the opening rounds of their respective games. But the morale soon picked up when the Men’s Hockey team, despite their shaky game, scored a victory against Ireland.
2.Dattu Baban Bhokanal reached Men’s single scull events quarter finals.
On the same day an additional pleasant surprise came in the form of Dattu Baban Bhokanal qualifying for the quarter finals of the Men’s single scull event at third position. He is the only Indian to have qualified for the rowing events.
3.Dipa Karmakar qualifies for finals of the vaults round.
The second day saw gymnast Dipa Karmakar shining like a ray of hope in an otherwise bleak performance of the Indian sport contingent. Dipa became the First Indian to ever qualify to the finals of the vaults round. She had earlier bagged the eighth position in the qualifying round.
The last round will see the eight finalists competing for the medals on 14th of august. She created such a stir with her win that the churning rumor mills went ahead and awarded her the gold, we can only hope that this time around the rumors will turn to be true in the future.
4.Praiseworthy performance of Women’s Hockey Team.
The Women’s hockey team too didn’t disappoint as they came to a draw with Japan at 2-2. It was the first appearance by the Indian Women’s hockey team since 1980, and even after the 32 year gap the team didn’t falter in terms of performance. They bounced back from the tough spot of being at 0-2 down in the first half to finally ending the match in a draw.
5.Abhinav Bindra finishes fourth in the men’s 10m air rifle final.
Even though he didn’t snag a medal any list would be incomplete without including Indian’s only Olympic gold medal winner Abhinav Bindra. Bindra, who had recently announced his retirement post Rio, made it to the final eight of the 10m Air Rifle on position seven. And later on also made the cut for the final four but couldn’t go any further.
However this is no way implies that all hope is lost for India since many competitions in which it maintains a stronghold (badminton, boxing and wrestling, to name a few) are yet to take place. Let’s hope for the best!